Manx Missile

Like a fine wine, Mark Cavendish is just getting better with age as he won his second British National Road Championship title, his first since 2013.

The 37-year-old Manx Missile held off two younger challengers in the sprint to the line and issued a warning to his competitors, saying ‘I am going so much better than last year and you know what happened last year’.

While it is expected Cav will miss out on the Tour de France, he has made his intent clear, saying: ‘I haven’t had a call from the team one way or another. I am trying to stay optimistic, I have trained as if I am going on the Tour, my condition is there, I am good enough to go on Tour, I know if I went I would win.’

Niall

Cycling Club Isle of Man rider Niall Quiggin has made a successful return to off-island racing, taking third place at the second round of the Giant Kendal-Sidas UK Salty Summer crit series.

Quiggin was one of five riders that made up Cycling Club Isle of Man’s first-ever race roster at the Rás Tailteann earlier this month. Despite some strong rides, he was forced to abandon the race following a heavy crash while in the front group on stage two.

On Saturday, he headed to Lancaster for the second round of the Salty Summer crit series, taking part in the race for category 3 and 4 men. The race took place over 40 minutes, plus five laps, around the track at the Salt Ayre Sports Centre.

The pace only slowed up as the three breakaway riders neared the finish line. In the end, Quiggin came through to take third place. His result sees him take enough points to move up to a third category racing licence.

Niall Quiggin (left) with James Harrison ahead of the Bikestyle Jurby Track Series. 

A Good Visit

On his return to the Turk and Caicos Islands (TCI) House of Assembly following a study visit to Tynwald Hon. Kyle Knowles has said he will be reporting to his fellow Members: ‘What you think you know about the Isle of Man…you don’t.’

One of a five-strong delegation from the British Overseas Territory, Hon. Knowles was speaking at the conclusion of a study visit from June 13 to June 17, the programme for which was arranged by the Clerk of Tynwald’s Office. 

He continued: ‘We have been grateful for the opportunity to learn about the Isle of Man’s relationship with the United Kingdom and Tynwald’s tricameral system. Importantly, we have learned a great deal about Tynwald’s scrutiny processes and procedures, which we view as best practice on which we can build.’